Facebook kicks political blogger off

Jon Swift is a popular political blogger who has gotten kicked off Facebook for not using his real name. In his post he makes a good point: Bob Dylan couldn’t be on Facebook either. Well, at least Fake Steve Jobs can’t get on Facebook. Maybe not, there’s a ton of fake Bill Gates accounts that haven’t gotten deleted.

UPDATE: Facebook restored Jon’s account. Here’s the email he got from Facebook:

Hi Jon,
Upon further review, we have decided to reactivate your account. Our Terms of Use, to which all users agree when they first sign up for the site, stipulate that you must not “impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent yourself, your age or your affiliation with any person or entity.” However, since others on the site seem to know you by this name, and since you don’t appear to be using the name to impersonate or to hide your identity, we have determined that you are not violating these Terms. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.
Thanks for your understanding,
Jerry
Customer Support Representative
Facebook

59 thoughts on “Facebook kicks political blogger off

  1. Facebook is supposed to be a social gathering spot. Something that is just for fun, generally.
    Who cares if somebody uses a different name, or even sets up an additional bogus account for themselves, increasing the personal entertainment value for that individual.
    Isnt it there for entertainment? Its freakin facebook.
    Developers claim that they must uphold the “integrity” of the website and its terms???? “what the F?!”.
    come on…..ou have got to be kidding me….

  2. Facebook is supposed to be a social gathering spot. Something that is just for fun, generally.
    Who cares if somebody uses a different name, or even sets up an additional bogus account for themselves, increasing the personal entertainment value for that individual.
    Isnt it there for entertainment? Its freakin facebook.
    Developers claim that they must uphold the “integrity” of the website and its terms???? “what the F?!”.
    come on…..ou have got to be kidding me….

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